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Library Director

Special Collections Archivist

Digital Education Assistant

 

Library Director

The Maryland Historical Society has an immediate opening for a dynamic, imaginative Library Director to oversee the institution’s H. Furlong Baldwin Library which houses over 7 million documents and books dating from pre-colonization to the present day. In addition, the library collection includes a vast photography collection and a range of audio and digital collections. The Library Director will articulate a clear vision for this vital component of the institution, guide daily functions and shape the larger institutional role of the library.

The ideal candidate for this position is an experienced team player who has overseen diverse collections, created public programming to promote library holdings and who enjoys interfacing with the public, scholars, donors and the Board of Trustees. The Library Director will be a member of MdHS’s Senior Staff and will interact with all departments to create relevant innovative programming and exhibitions. They will be flexible, enthusiastic, and enjoy tackling a diverse range of responsibilities. The ideal candidate will have experience in building collections as well as deaccessioning collections to bring refinement and focus to the library’s holdings.

This position reports to the Vice President of Collections and Interpretation and will oversee a department composed of 4 staff members.

Responsibilities:

Leadership

  • Builds and maintains relationships locally and nationally to further the institution's leadership role
  • With the Vice President of Collections and Interpretation and the Registrar, formulates the Library’s acquisitions strategy and makes modifications when warranted
  • Works with internal and external stakeholders in proactively researching and recommending acquisitions in alignment with the collections policy
  • Coordinates and presides over, with the Chair of the Library Committee, quarterly Library Committee meetings. Recruits and recommends potential Library Committee members
  • Attends quarterly Board of Trustee meetings and reports on Library activities
  • Works closely with Information Technology Manager and other experts to strategically advance the Library through the ongoing adoption of current digital practices in providing open access, collaboration and preservation
  • Oversees security in the Library
  • Prioritize conservation needs in the library collections and coordinates conservation projects with the Vice President of Collections and Interpretation and Registrar
  • With the assistance of the Registrar, oversee the conditions and organization of library storage areas
  • With the Director of Public Relations, guide the content of social media and blog posts that relate to the Library
  • Oversee the content of the Library blog
  • Work with the Education staff to develop digital and on-site programs that utilize library collections
  • Collaborates closely with the Advancement Department to steward gifts, including grants, made in support of the Library                  
  • Builds consensus and fosters synergies between Library and Museum staff in the development of programming and other institutional initiatives
  • Conducts and leads collection-related research and assessment as necessary in support of the resource allocation, prioritization and collection policy development
  • Cultivates Library’s relationship with the Lord Baltimore Fellows
  • Works with the Advancement team to foster relationships with other existing or potential Library donors in support of stewardship activities
  • Curates one to two small exhibitions a year in a dedicated library gallery
  • Publishes and presents at professional conferences

Management/Administration

  • Hires, mentors, supervises and supports the development of all Library staff
  • Recommends new program initiatives to fulfill the Library’s goals and works with the staff responsible for seeing them through to completion
  • Develops and oversees the Library’s annual budget and serves as an active participant in institutional long-term financial planning
  • Oversees the development of policies and procedures for physical and electronic collection access, open access, preservation and conservation and oversees adherence
  • With the Vice President of Collections and Interpretation and the assistance of the Library staff and Registrar, provides strategic oversight for the development of future exhibitions and/or loan of Library materials
  • Works closely with the Marketing Department and Exhibitions Planning team to ensure the Library’s programs, services and exhibition are promoted as effectively as possible
  • Collaborates closely with the Advancement Department, including its Manager of Institutional Giving, to initiate, complete, submit, and provide respective required reporting for various grant funding applications
  • Manages major projects for the Library, such as space planning, acquisition of equipment, etc.
  • Develops strategies to increase the use and promote the relevance of the Library’s collections to various constituents
  • Attends cultivation events and other donor events which are typically in the evening and on weekends
  • Ensures that the Library maintains the highest level of legal, ethical and safety standards

Qualifications:  

  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program. Graduate level coursework in American History is also desirable
  • Minimum of 5 to 7 years professional experience with increasing responsibility for managing a library or a special collections department
  • Demonstrated experience in strategic planning
  • Demonstrated digital literacy at the end-user, administrative and strategic perspective
  • Demonstrated experience in applying efficient processing techniques in accessing, appraising, arranging, describing, and preserving archival collections of varying size and complexity
  • Experience supervising staff, interns, and volunteers, including providing feedback and evaluating outcomes
  • Experience and sensitivity when working with culturally diverse populations.
  • Demonstrated experience applying archival standards and vocabularies, including EAD, DACS, and LCSH
  • Knowledge of XML and familiarity with EOS and PastPerfect collections management systems
  • Knowledge of current issues and trends regarding digital archives, digitization, and digital scholarship
  • Understanding and ability to stay abreast of privacy, confidentiality, copyright, and use policies associated with archives and special collection materials
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, organizational skills, and time management skills
  • Evidence of professional engagement at local, state, or national levels.
  • Experience delivering engaging programming using library collections
  • Experience with library preservation/conservation techniques and digitization, digital preservation practices and standards
  • Familiarity with techniques used to organize and mount exhibitions
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and meticulous attention to detail
  • Knowledge of and interest in U.S. history; knowledge of Maryland history, a plus
  • Possess a passion for history, art, and education
  • Familiarity with Apple and PC
  • Strong technology skills, including knowledge of Prezi, video conferencing software, and Adobe Suite, a plus
  • Self-starter willing to learn new technology including social media, websites, graphic design, video editing, and more
  • Experience interfacing with the public
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • Ability to lift, shift, and shelve boxes weighing up to 25 lbs.


Position Details:

This is a full-time position based at the organization’s offices in the Mount Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore. Some evenings and weekends required Salary is commensurate with education and experience and includes benefits. The Maryland Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer that seeks to expand the diversity of its staff.  

To Apply:

Please submit a resume, a cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the job, 3 professional references and 2-3 writing samples to jobs@mdhs.org. Include in the subject line: Library Director Application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. No phone calls, please.  

 

Special Collections Archivist

The Maryland Historical Society is looking for a dynamic team player who will serve as a Special Collections Archivist in the Maryland Historical Society’s H. Furlong Baldwin Library. The Special Collections Archivist will work with a staff of three and report to the Vice President of Collections and Interpretation. The Special Collections Archivist will function as an archivist, reference librarian, and cataloger while balancing patron services, technical services, managing volunteers, promoting the library through various methods of outreach, and providing institutional support. The Special Collections Archivist is responsible for processing, organizing, cataloging, preserving, and providing access to library materials and serving the public.

The duties of the Special Collections Archivist can be broken into five categories; Patron Services, Collection Maintenance, Outreach and Support, Technology, and Administrative.

Responsibilities:

  • Fulfill photocopy and microfilm orders both in-person and remotely
  • Serve as the point of contact for patrons entering the library at the Reference Desk. Responsible for orientation, policy instruction, security and handling of collections, research assistance, and equipment support
  • Answer questions via reference email and telephone
  • Pull and locate manuscripts, photographs, maps, books, pamphlets, oral histories, broadsides, etc.
  • Promote the library through events the library blog, creating mini-exhibits, and giving tours
  • Oversee and training interns and volunteers working with special collections
  • Correspond with scholars and publishers about copyright, permission to publish and citation inquiries
  • Assist the Special Collections Librarian with cataloging special collections items. 
  • Process, rehouse, create finding aids, and assign collection numbers for photograph and manuscript collections
  • Conduct provenance research
  • Communicate with potential donors and maintaining strong relationships with current members
  • Provide institutional support by assisting the Education Department and Museum Department to facilitate programs and exhibits requiring library material, as well as working closely with the Imaging Services Department
  • Administrative tasks such as ordering supplies, managing vendor contracts, managing petty cash and process credit card transactions, keeping statistics, and space planning
  • Assisting with grant applications and ensuring fulfillment of awarded grants for library collections care, processing and conservation

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in library science, archival studies or related field preferred
  • 1-2 years working in a library or archive setting
  • Experience processing archival collections
  • Familiarity with born-digital archives issues
  • Commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion through archival practice
  • Willingness to work collaboratively with other library staff as well as other departments
  • Experience accessioning and/or processing born-digital archives
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and meticulous attention to detail
  • Knowledge of and interest in U.S. history, knowledge of Maryland history a plus
  • Possess a passion for history, art, and education
  • Familiarity with Apple and PC
  • Strong technology skills, including knowledge of Prezi, video conferencing software, and Adobe Suite, a plus
  • Self-starter willing to learn new technology including social media, websites, graphic design, video editing, and more
  • Experience interfacing with the public
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • Ability to lift, shift, and shelve boxes weighing up to 25 lbs.

Position Details:

This is a full-time position based at the organization’s offices in the Mount Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore. Some evenings and weekends required  Salary is commensurate with education and experience and includes benefits. The Maryland Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer that seeks to expand the diversity of its staff.  This position will remain open until filled.

To Apply:

Please submit a resume, a cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the job and three professional references to jobs@mdhs.org. Include in the subject line: Special Collections Archivist. Incomplete applications will not be considered. No phone calls, please.

 

Digital Education Assistant

The Maryland Historical Society has an immediate opening for an enthusiastic full-time Digital Education Assistant. Over the past four years, MdHS has developed a thriving distance learning program. Our Virtual Field Trips are now utilized by students in 12 of 24 counties and 11 additional states beyond Maryland. We currently have developed several programs available for adult audiences, which we aim to grow over the coming years. We are fully committed to expanding digital offerings in the immediate future, including interactive digital gallery tours, increased of integration of technology into exhibitions, and streaming of lectures.

The ideal candidate for this position is a dynamic, high-energy individual who has experience in museum education, has an engaging “on-air” personality, grasps the potential of technology in museums, dreams big and makes it happen!

This position reports to the Digital Education Manager and is part of a department of 6 staff.

Responsibilities:

  • Deliver Virtual Field Trips in the green screen studio (distance learning programming)
  • Work with Education staff to develop and revise digital programs for school and adult audiences
  • Assist in managing the studio and its equipment
  • Contribute to overall operations of the Education Department, including developing new programs and digital initiatives

Qualifications:

  • B.A. in Museum Studies, Museum Education, Public History, Education, History, or related field
  • Experience delivering engaging programming with children, especially those in grades K-8
  • Excellent verbal communication skills and meticulous attention to detail
  • Knowledge of and interest in U.S. history; knowledge of Maryland history, a plus
  • Possess a passion for history, art, and education
  • Familiarity with Apple and PC
  • Strong technology skills, including knowledge of Prezi, video conferencing software, and Adobe Suite, a plus
  • Self-starter willing to learn new technology including social media, websites, graphic design, video editing, and more
  • Experience researching in archives, experience working with lesson plans and standards, social media and marketing, all a plus


Position Details:

This is a full-time position. Full benefits package included. Evenings and weekends required (average of 3-4 per month). 35 hours a week, Monday-Friday, with weekend & evening hours required

To Apply:

Please email a cover letter, resume with three professional references, and salary requirements to jobs@mdhs.org. Incomplete applications may not be considered. No phone calls, please.